‘The Medici’s Painter: Carlo Dolci and 17th-Century Florence’ Exhibition Opening Event – Thursday, 5:30-9:00pm – Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University opens a new exhibit – the first of its kind in the United States – dedicated to the works of Carlo Dolci, an important 17th-century Italian painter of the powerful Medici family. A devout Catholic, Dolci chose religious subjects most often in his work, and the exhibition – with major loans from the Louvre in Paris, Uffizi Gallery in Florence and private Italian collections – features 30 paintings and works on paper, including a rare 17th-century Florentine still-life painting. The Exhibition Opening Event includes a guided highlights tour, opening party and an artist talk led by Durham artist William Paul Thomas. The exhibit runs through January 14.
Dawn Langley – Thursday, 7pm – The Regulator Bookshop hosts the Durham author for a reading and signing of her new novel, “The Mourning Parade,” which explores grief and healing on an international stage.
The Petty Thieves – Thursday, 8:30pm – Pittsboro’s own Tom Petty cover band takes the stage at The Bullpen. These North Carolina natives combine their love of rock ‘n’ roll with musical skill to create an energized performance. The Music Maker Relief Foundation receives $1 from each draft pint sold.
Laila Nur & The Love Riot! – Friday, 6-8pm – The final performance in Durham Central Park’s summer concert series features frontwoman Laila, who uses music as a means of confronting and expressing the poverty and discrimination she faced growing up Sunni Muslim in New York City. She has been performing since 2010, and she has since become one of North Carolina’s most innovative artists. Food and craft beer provided by Route Bistro, Fetch Hot Dog, Bull City Burger & Brewery, Chez Moi and Bull City Ciderworks.
Kamara Thomas – Friday, 7pm and 9pm – The singer, songwriter and dramatist, performs at Beyú Caffé. She enchants audiences by incorporating mythology into her musical storytelling.
PJ Morton – Friday, 8pm – As an R&B musician, singer, songwriter and keyboardist, PJ Morton has done it all. He has worked with renowned artists like Maroon 5 and Lil Wayne, and this weekend, he’ll be performing from his solo album Gumbo at Motorco Music Hall, presented by The Sol Kitchen and The Art of Cool Project, also featuring Ash.
Audio Under the Stars – Friday, 8pm – Bring a blanket, snacks and friends to the final show in Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University’s summer-long series featuring stories curated by local audiophiles – this evening’s lineup will explore the theme “Wild.”
Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen – Friday, 8:30-11pm – Since she was 6 years old, Pat has been surrounded by music. Her blues classroom was on the porches of her uncles’ homes in New Orleans, where one played the guitar and the other played the harmonica. Come see everything she learned – and then some – when she brings her energetic show back to The Bullpen. Through her performances, “Mother Blues” shares her life experiences with her audience via soulful words and music. She and her music embody the same courage, sadness and compassion of the famous singers she idolizes – women like Billie Holiday, Koko Taylor and Etta James. Remember, $1 of every draft pint sold will be donated to the Music Maker Relief Foundation.
Scrabble Tournament – Saturday, 9:30am-6pm – Welcome the Triangle Scrabble Club back to Northgate Mall with a fun-filled day of games! Youngsters and oldtimers alike are invited to stop by and show off your spelling skills.
Triangle Vegfest – Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, 11am-5pm – Learn more about a plant-based diet with speakers and vendors at the Durham Arts Council‘s PSI Theater on Saturday and at the Durham Armory on Sunday. Lecture topics range from the intersection of veganism and athleticism to the impact of soil on the human body. Vendors include Soul Cocina Triangle, Health-Ade Kombucha, I Heart Keenwah and many more. There will be food trucks and the first 200 people will get a goodie bag filled with coupons and samples.
Harvest and Hornworm Festival – Saturday, 10am-3pm – What? You mean you’ve never seen a hornworm race? Witness your first, along with a looping contest, live music by The Coin, local art and craft vendors and Durham’s last tobacco auction at Duke Homestead’s annual fest.
Pooch Plunge – Saturday, 11am-2pm – Pups and their humans should head to Hillside Pool for this fourth annual event. Participating pooches dive and splash in the private pool after it has been officially closed for the season.
First Birthday Party – Saturday, 11am-5pm – Bull City Olive Oil celebrates its first anniversary with giveaways, discounts, bubbly, plus the debut of new local products and sampling of your longtime favorites.
Bungalow Grand Opening – Saturday, 2-7pm – The home decor store celebrates is opening on Saturday, welcoming guests with champagne, cupcakes and exciting giveaways! Meet Lizzie Chadbourne of Lo & Behold, who will be sampling her entire line of natural beauty products, as well as local artist Sam Ewell and craftsman Caleb Murrah who will discuss the products they produce for Bungalow.
West 94th Street Pub’s 23rd Anniversary Party – Saturday, 2pm – The Pub celebrates its 23 years in Durham with a brand new look! The newly refurbished location hosts a Guinness pint engraving event, Leinenkugal corn hole tournament and beer tasting accompanied by live music.
The Living Arts Dancer Exchange – Saturday, 5-8pm – Rebecca Conley and The Raleigh Rockers Crew, in conjunction with the Living Arts Collective, are back again with the second installment of this new monthly all-styles session series. The goal of this event is to bridge the gap between the multitudes of different dance communities. Music will be spun by Raleigh Rockers’ Micky Slicks. Donations will help the Living Arts Collective with funding their new floor.
Luke Pell – Saturday, 8pm – “The Bachelorette” contestant turned country singer performs at Motorco Music Hall. While he might not be competing for a rose, his tunes are sure to capture your heart. He’s joined by North Carolina’s own country singer and songwriter Paige Johnson and folk/rock singer Elliott Humphries.
Thomas Rhyant’s Sam Cooke Soul Revue – Saturday, 8:30pm – The gospel singer vivifies the history of soul music in his performances. Driving around in his father’s Cadillac, he heard the soulful tunes of Sam Cooke, and inspiration hit. With a wide vocal range and an enigmatic band, Thomas will have you up and dancing at The Bullpen in no time. $1 from every draft pint sold goes to Music Maker Relief Foundation.
Dog Days at Beer Durham – Sunday, 1-4pm – Beer Durham will host this dog-friendly event, also featuring adoptable dogs, and donate portion of sales to Animal Protection Society of Durham. People are encouraged to bring their own pups and donations for APS. This month will also welcome Raleigh Brewing Company & Gonejerky LLC with samples and swag.